A new year is a time for fresh starts, revitalization, new opportunities and the magic of possibility – in life and at home. Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, embodies all that the new year brings. And, according to color psychology, green is restful for the eyes and encourages a state of calm and relaxation. Whether you’re boldly brushing this vibrant green on your walls or letting it pop against more neutral décor, you can brighten your home and relax your mind with Greenery in 2017.
Dubbed by Pantone as “nature’s neutral,” Greenery can be combined with a wide array of colors and palettes as a bold standout or a more subtle accent. If the idea of a room filled with this vibrant green is too much to take in, bring the refreshing nature of the outdoors into your home with smaller touches. Low-maintenance house plants like aloe vera and succulents will incorporate the hue into your living spaces. Add splashes of Greenery with colored soaps and hand towels in the bathrooms, patterned place settings in the dining room and green pillar candles throughout the house.
Take this gleeful green to the next level with an eye-catching statement wall. Keep it simple with a solid Greenery shade, or shake things up with a pattern. Brighten up a beachy retreat with a palm frond-stenciled wall in several green hues. Complement a modern décor of polished steels and grays with a damask design.
To really rev up a room, divide a wall into random, medium-sized geometric shapes using painter’s tape. With an energetic palette of sunshine yellow, fushia, orange, bright blue, Greenery and light gray, fill in the shapes. When you remove the tape, you’ll have a dramatic conversation starter!
While the cheeky Greenery may seem overwhelming at first, in the right setting it can be pure magic. The color blends in beautifully with earthy neutrals, and contrasts more sharply against black and white. If you choose to go all in with this punchy paint, be sure to select a larger room with plenty of breathing room and natural light. If you’re unsure of how to incorporate Greenery into your décor, start small with easy-to-update accents.
No matter how you incorporate this lively color, it’s sure to bring new life to your home this year!